Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. William Makepeace Thackeray Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections Reflection: the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it: the reflection of light; an amount of light, heat, or sound that is reflected by a body or surface: the reflections from the street lamps gave them just enough light; an image seen in a mirror or ...

Inspiration: How Do You Relax?

“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.” Osho Inspiration: How Do You Relax? Rest with soothing music... Inspiration: How Do You Relax? Relaxation techniques work... We’ve had a long and challenging day. Our muscles are taut, our mind is stressed, and we desperately need to unwind… How do you relax? What props/tools help you achieve a state of relaxation?  ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One…

“The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society.” Jack Kemp Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One... Joan of Arc  For this week’s Photo Challenge on the subject of One, I decided to include a wide range of single item shots; starting with human sculptures of Joan of Arc, Einstein, Lenin and a few others that I’ve taken in the last few months. ...

Footprints in the Sand

Once more we gather, we growing band of Fervent Friday Fictioneers, drawn together by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Each Wednesday she posts a photo prompt to tempt us, this week the photo is courtesy of Janet Green. Join us as we try to write a very short story – 100 words, or a poem – same rules apply. An eternity I was lost at sea in search of your love Never finding shore nor seeing one on the horizon Lost in the vast emptiness that ...

The Law of Giving and Self Help

I'm starting to understand how giving can truly support overall mind body health and wellness. In Deepak Chopra's book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Law Number 2 is The Law of Giving and Receiving. Excerpt from Deepak's book: "The universe operates through dynamic exchange . . giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives." I'd recommend reading ...

Fun Flower Facts: Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Although it has “lily” in its name, the daylily is not a member of the lily family (Liliaceae); it belongs to the Hemerocallis genus and is native China, Korea and Japan. The plant produces beautiful, showy trumpet-shaped flowers. There are thousands of cultivars available, ranging in colours, sizes and forms. Many of the cultivars are fragrant.  Plants can grow to be 6 inches to over 6 feet tall! The flowers will bloom from early spring to fall, depending on the ...

Never Look Back

A friend of mine named Jim recently had an interesting experience while vacationing at the Oregon Coast. Debris from the Japanese tsunami continues to make its way across the ocean and all sorts of items float ashore. Jim tells me he’s seen plastic bottles with Japanese labels, tires and sports equipment. But early one morning on an isolated beach he recently spotted something else on the sand, something struggling. Jim approached and saw a large dolphin, its tail tangled in a ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: The Bataille de Fleurs in Nice, France

Every February, the picturesque city of Nice, France hosts the largest carnival in the country. This year, the Nice Carnival is celebrating its 140th birthday with the theme “King of the Five Continents.” The main attraction during the 3 week winter festival is the world-famous Bataille de Fleurs or the Battle of Flowers, where elaborate, larger-than-life  flower-covered floats are paraded down the street with extravagantly costumed models throwing thousands of flowers into the audience. For the spectators, half the fun is trying to ...

On the Psychiatric Couch: Winnie the Pooh

Pooh Bear, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore I'm not a licensed psychiatrist, a practicing psychologist or a certified counselor. However, I've seen a few psychological thrillers including The Prestige, Memento and Silence of the Lambs, and I've also read an article or two in an old issue of Psychology Today at my dentist's office. Given those credentials, I believe that I'm more than qualified to dispense clinical diagnoses for fictional characters. That's why I decided to start this new series titled On the Psychiatric Couch.... The ...

Talking Taxes With Cleverbot

Periodically I engage in conversations with an online, artificial intelligence (AI) software program called Cleverbot. The Cleverbot web site claims that the software learns from humans and becomes more human as it interacts with us. During the dozen or so conversations I’ve had with this computer interface, I’ve found it to be anything but human yet mildly amusing. A recent “talk” with Cleverbot is chronicled here when we discussed the virtues and history surrounding Martin Luther King’s birthday. Given that today marks the due ...

Newsroom Secrets Revealed - Part 2

Credibility = Walter Cronkite During the past 20+ years as a communications professional, I've worked in more than a dozen television, radio and print newsrooms as a reporter and newscaster. While I was in the journalism field, there were a few truths that I came to realize: Credibility is the single most important attribute that a news organization has. Technology is an inescapable part of delivering and consuming news. Many news organizations undermine their credibility by over-using or abusing technology. In more and more newsrooms ...

All We Are Saying...

I remember sitting cross legged on the Worcester Common, with my hair frizzed out like Janice Joplin’s, and my training bra tucked inside my back pocket, while joining a massive choir of Flower Children, singing; “All we are saying, is give peace a chance.” This was the 60’s mantra, and although I was too young to really grasp the importance of the message, I remember feeling incredibly peaceful at the time. Perhaps we were naïve in thinking that we could ...

Life Personified

A friend recently commented on my habit of personifying things. At first I wasn’t sure what he meant so I looked it up on dictionary.com: “per·son·i·fi·ca·tio [per-son-uh-fi-key-shuh n] noun, the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions.” He was right. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. I think I do it because life has become so big and scary that humanizing things brings life down to my level. Living in a world where, amongst ...

A Tribute to Moms….

I don’t usually like being manipulated by commercials, but this one is pretty incredible. The folks at Proctor & Gamble have woven together a two minute tapestry that includes the heart strings of patriotism, perseverance and motherhood. The only thing this amazing video is missing is a basketful of rollicking puppies, yet it still manages to leave my cheeks a little wet from tears rather than puppy saliva. You don’t have to be a fan of P&G products to enjoy this amazing video ...

Table Talk about Books

Photo copyright by Meredith Rutter (not taken in Maine, but pretty, no?) My husband and I had a wonderful dinner with friends the other night at Ports of Italy restaurant in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The weather had turned summerlike for a few days, and we were thrilled to be given an outdoor table overlooking Commercial Street on this, one of the last nights the town would be catering to the general public before closing most places for the season. (This isn’t ...

Book Review: Stuff Christians Like - by Jon Acuff

I discovered author, speaker, blogger Jon Acuff in reverse. I came upon his most recent book Quitter while perusing some of the finance and debt reduction publications by Dave Ramsey, whom Acuff currently works for. Quitter is a semi-professional autobiography that chronicles the author's journey from his day job as an online copywriter to his dream job as a best-selling author and speaker. When I read it, I thought the book was inspired and would likely strike a nerve that many ...

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Winter Storm Warning

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Winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 am CST Wednesday…a wintry mix of precipitation is ongoing across much of the area and will continue to spread south and east through the remainder of the day. Ice accumulations of one quarter of an inch will be possible in all locations with accumulations possibly nearing one half inch south …

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How Cold Is Cold?

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I am taking a bit of a break from the Germany Travelogue to complain about the weather. Isn’t that what everyone does? Isn’t that one of our Constitutional Rights? Of course it is…there is some very fine print somewhere mixed in the First Amendment about weather related free speech. And…dare I say that no one is …

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Let’s Do The Time Warp Again

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A wise Arizona Indian chief once said, “Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.” Wisely, Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time. In my opinion, this is a very logical observation. …

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The Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Canada

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While Fun Flower Facts is a flower blog, we think leaves can be just as beautiful as flowers. In fact, Albert Camus, a French Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher, said it best: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Canada is a beautiful country, especially during the fall, when the trees …

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Radio-Treated Water the Answer to Global Warming?

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With all the climate changes and weird weather we’ve been having in recent years, global warming is a serious matter and environmentalists and scientists have been working endlessly to find some solutions. Irish professors at the University of Limerick believes they have found a way to increase the size and production of vegetable crops and bedding …

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The Supermoon

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The largest full moon of 2013, a so-called “supermoon,” will light up the night sky this weekend, but there’s more to this lunar delight than meets the eye. On Sunday, June 23, at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT), the moon will arrive at perigee — the point in its orbit bringing it closest to Earth), a …

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Inspiration: In The Heart Of Winter…

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“On a lone winter evening, when the frost has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills, The Cricket’s song…” John Keats Inspiration: In The Heart Of Winter… Tallin I noticed winter’s frosty blanket Outside my kitchen window Everywhere and on everything… It slows our pace and numbs our hands It forces us to contemplate… In the heart of winter, a warm …

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